TRACK TIME

THIS SEA­SON, THE BEST OF AUTO-IN­SPIRED AND RAC­ING WATCHES HIT THE OPEN ROAD WITH SPEED AND STYLE.

Boston Common - - CONTENTS - BY ALDOUS TUCK

This sea­son, the best of auto-in­spired and rac­ing watches hit the open road with speed and style.

Au­to­mo­bile en­thu­si­asts’ tight bond with time­pieces dates to the ear­li­est days of mo­tor sports. Driv­ers would strap big, bulky pocket watches to their wrists to mea­sure tim­ing and speed, ei­ther while ma­neu­ver­ing new race tracks or hit­ting a straight­away on a dusty back road. But as car and time­piece tech­nolo­gies both ad­vanced, driv­ers be­gan look­ing to watchmakers for pieces that met their spe­cific needs. Watch brands not only re­sponded to this call but drew from it, with auto-de­sign in­spi­ra­tion in­form­ing some of his­tory’s most highly en­gi­neered and iconic pieces. (In many in­stances, watchmakers teamed up with spe­cific au­tomak­ers, rac­ing teams, or races to cre­ate tick­ing tributes to them.) Some of the world’s most il­lus­tri­ous brands have re­vis­ited this rac­ing tra­di­tion for sum­mer, de­but­ing ex­cep­tional time­pieces that dou­ble as copi­lots for when the need for speed strikes. For more watch fea­tures and ex­panded cov­er­age go to boston­com­mon-magazine.com/ watches-and-jew­elry

AS TECH­NOLO­GIES AD­VANCED, DRIV­ERS BE­GAN LOOK­ING TO WATCHMAKERS FOR PIECES THAT MET THEIR NEEDS.

CLOCK­WISE FROM TOP: With a his­tory of be­ing in­spired by auto rac­ing

Gi­rard Per­re­gaux’s Com­pe­tizione Cir­cuito Chrono­graph ($13,200) takes its name from the Ital­ian words for “com­pe­ti­tion” and “track cir­cuit” and has the look of a high-end au­to­mo­bile. The case is made of a feather light ti­ta­nium-car­bon com­pos­ite and the black dial fea­tures hon­ey­comb open­work that re­sem­bles a car’s grille. The black, calf­skin strap fea­tures a car­bon ef­fect to con­tinue to sporty de­sign.

Avail­able at Royal Jewel­ers, 58 Main St., An­dover, 978-475-3330; gi­rard-per­re­gaux.com

Rolex in­tro­duced the first Cos­mo­graph Day­ton in 1963 to sat­isfy the de­mands of pro­fes­sional driv­ers. This Oys­ter Per­pet­ual Cos­mo­graph Day­tona in 18-carat white gold ($28,800), in­tro­duced this year at Basel­world, con­tin­ues that tra­di­tion with its per­pet­ual, self-wind­ing me­chan­i­cal chrono­graph move­ment pow­ered by its 4130 Man­u­fac­ture Rolex cal­i­bre. The watch has a 72-hour power re­serve and is wa­ter­proof to 100 me­ters. Avail­able at Lux, Bond & Green, 416 Boyl­ston St., 617-266-4747; rolex.com Cre­ated to cel­e­brate the new Bent­ley’s Con­ti­nen­tal Su­per­sports, the fastest Bent­leys ever built, the

Bre­itling for Bent­ley Su­per­sports B55 ($7,785) made its de­but at this spring’s Basel­world. The sporty chrono­graph fea­tures an ul­tra-light ti­ta­nium case and car­bon fiber dial, a con­nected B55 move­ment that al­lows the wearer to ac­cess func­tions ded­i­cated to mo­tor­sports that con­nects to their smart­phone. Cre­ated in a lim­it­ededi­tion of 500 pieces. Avail­able Upon Re­quest at Sid­ney Thomas at the Pru­den­tial Cen­ter, 800 Boyl­ston St., 617-262-0935; bre­itling.com

Among a myr­iad of rac­ing lau­rels, TAG Heuer holds the ti­tle of Of­fi­cial Time­keeper of the leg­endary Car­rera Panamer­i­cana, giv­ing this TAG Heuer

Car­rera Cal­i­bre 1887 ($7,500) part of its name. The watch’s Swiss made cal­i­bre 1887 au­to­matic move­ment pro­vides the rest. The black dial has a sun­ray ef­fect with three coun­ters: chrono­graph minute at 9 o’clock, chrono­graph hour at 3 o’clock and run­ning sec­ond at 6 o’clock. This watch has a 50-hour power re­serve.

Avail­able at Royal Jewel­ers, 58 Main St., An­dover, 978-475-3330; tagheuer.com

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